Top 5 Coolest Barbie Dolls Since 1959
Staring in 1959, a doll named Barbie hit the toy shelves. Since that time kids have had fun with the doll and all the outfits to dress her up in. In the decades since that first doll hit toy aisles, millions of Barbie dolls of all kinds have inspired the imagination of kids all over the world. With the inspiration of those kids in mind, here are the top 5 coolest Barbie dolls.
Totally Hair Barbie
Introduced in 1992 this doll made a big impact. While the clothes and outfits of the dolls was usually the focus, this doll put the focus on the hair. Not only was this Barbie made with extra hair that kids could play with, but it also came with a tube of styling gel. Mostly for that reason, it is actually the highest selling doll in the line. Despite all her jobs and outfits she came with over the years, this is the biggest selling Barbie Doll in Mattel’s history.
This doll probably wasn’t the first but still helped make the beach culture fashionable for decades to come. First introduced in 1971, memories were made for generations of Barbie sitting at the beach, probably in her swimsuit, as little girls played around in the sand or even pretended they had sand as they played with her in their homes. Other dolls were made since then, but nothing holds the power like Malibu Barbie.
Introduced in 1968. For the first time, a Barbie doll was produced that had a string in the back that you could pull and the doll would actually talk to you. While some of the things she said would now be considered politically incorrect, it was still cool then to hear her say “I love being a fashion model” and other phrases to you! Since that time, having a doll talk to you has become a thing most lines are expected to come with, but this was the first to bring it to Barbie dolls.
Released in the years before humans landed on the Moon in 1965, Barbie was already headed into space with this nod to the space race against the Russians. With the tie in with popular space toys, the doll became a big hit for families with children all over the country and the world. Notice that the doll’s hair is shorter than Barbie’s usual hair, and thus making it easier to fit in the space helmet that went on her head. It’s not known if anyone took the doll into actual space with them, but the number of minds it inspired to take the trip is immeasurable.
Topping this list is the original Barbie doll produced in 1959. The clothes she came with, one-piece bathing suit and a pair of high heels don’t really float in the current day but it got a lot of people’s attention during its time. This doll started what would become decades of dolls of all kinds which are still being released today. When you go to a big store and look down the isle of toy dolls, always remember that the doll and many of its competitors stared with this toy from Mattel back in the years just after World War II.